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Wednesday, 27 March 2002
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 1 Italy 2 [0-0]
 

Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Attendance: 36,635;
Kick-off: 8.02pm GMT
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Robbie Fowler (62).
Italy - Vincenzo Montella (67, penalty 90+2)
Match Summary
England Squad
Italy Squad
Italy - Alessandro Nesta (24),
England - Emile Heskey (41), David James (90+1).
Results 2000-2005

Italy kicked-off. 93 minutes (46 & 47).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Germany

England

Type

Italy
Referee (yellow) - Herbert Fandel
37 (9 May 1964), Kyllburg, FIFA-listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Harry Ehing, 37 (24 June 1964) and Jan-Handrik Salver, 33 (1 March 1969).

Fourth Official -
Christopher J. Foy, 39 (20 November 1962), St. Helens, England.

A minute's silence was observed before kickoff in memory of Kenneth Wolstenholme, the BBC commentator for England's World Cup 1966 victory against West Germany who died the day before the match.  And also for England's first manager, Sir Walter Winterbottom.
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
- Possession -

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (20 March 2002) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2002 Umbro away uniform - Dark red v-neck jersey with navy rear collar/cuffs trimmed with England flag, navy shoulder seams, white shorts with red side panel and navy seams, red socks with navy band, trimmed with England flag.
Capt: David Beckham, thirteenth captaincy.
Robbie Fowler, second half.
Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson, 54 (5 February 1948), appointed manager 30 October 2000, effective 12 January 2001.
12th match, W 7 - D 3 - L 2 - F 26 - A 11.
England Lineup
1 Martyn, A. Nigel, off 46th min. 35 11 August 1966 G

Leeds United AFC

21 16 GA
2 Mills, Daniel J., off 46th min. 24 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 4 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M., off 85th min. 21 5 August 1980 LB Southampton FC 2 0
4 Butt, Nicholas, off 46th min. 27 21 January 1975 CM

Manchester United FC

17 0
5 Southgate, Gareth, off 46th min. 31 3 September 1970 CD

Middlesbrough FC

46 1
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J., off 46th min. 27 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 44 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 46th min. 26 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

49 6
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 23 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 6 0
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 46th min. 24 11 January 1978 F

Liverpool FC

22 3
Heskey cautioned in the 41st min. for Dissent, after a disagreement.
10 Owen, Michael J., off 46th min. 22 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 33 14
11 Sinclair, Trevor L., off 70th min. 29 2 March 1973 LM West Ham United FC 2 0
England Substitutes
13 James, David B., on 46th min. for Martyn 31 1 August 1970 G West Ham United FC 7 3 GA
James cautioned in the 91st min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after fells the on-rushing Maccarone in the area, leading to the penalty award.
14 Neville, Philip, on 46th min. for Mills 25 21 January 1977 D Manchester United FC 36 0
16 King, Ledley B., on 46th min. for Campbell 21 12 October 1980 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
15 Ehiogu, Ugochuku, on 46th min. for Southgate 29 3 November 1972 D

Middlesbrough FC

4 1
23 Murphy, Daniel B., on 46th min. for Beckham 25 18 March 1977 M Liverpool FC 2 0
19 Cole, Joseph J., on 46th min. for Lampard 20 8 November 1981 M West Ham United FC 3 0
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 46th min. for Butt 21 20 January 1981
born in Canada
M FC Bayern Munchen eV, Germany 3 0
21 Vassell, Darius C., on 46th min. for Heskey 21 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 2 1
20 Fowler, Robert B., on 46th min. for Owen 26 9 April 1975 F

Leeds United AFC

23 6
17 Sheringham, Edward P., on 70th min. for Sinclair 35 2 April 1966 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 44 11
12 Neville, Gary A., on 85th min. for Bridge 27 18 February 1975 D Manchester United FC 51 0

unused substitutes:

22-Richard Wright.
 
4-4-2 Martyn (James) -
Mills
(P Neville), Southgate (Ehiogu), Campbell (King), Bridge (G Neville) -
Beckham
(Murphy), Lampard (Hargreaves), Butt (Cole), Sinclair (Sheringham) -
Owen
(Fowler), Heskey (Vassell).

Averages:

Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals - -

 

Italy Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (20 March 2002) 4th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Made by Kappa - Azure blue crew-neck collared jerseys with darker blue seams, azure blue shorts, azure blue socks.
Capt: Fabio Cannavaro Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni, 63 (17 March 1939), appointed 7 July 2000,
15th match,
W 11 - D 3 - L 1 - F 24 - A 7.
Italy Lineup
1 Buffon, Gianluigi 24 28 January 1978 G

Juventus FC

24 GA
2 Panucci, Christian, off 75th min. 28 12 April 1973 LB AS Roma SpA 22 1
3 Materazzi, Marco, off 56th min. 28 19 August 1973 CD FC Internazionale Milano SpA 6 0
4 Zanetti, Cristiano, off 56th min. 24 14 April 1977 CM

FC Internazionale Milano SpA

3 0
5 Nesta, Alessandro 26 19 March 1976 CD SS Lazio SpA 41 0
Nesta cautioned in the 24th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a foul on Heskey.
6 Cannavaro, Fabio 28 13 September 1973 RB SSD Parma Calcio 1913 Srl 56 0
7 Zambrotta, Gianluca 25 19 February 1977 RM

Juventus FC

21 0
8 Di Biagio, Luigi, off 56th min. 31 6 March 1971 CM FC Internazionale Milano SpA 24 2
9 Delvecchio, Marco, off 75th min. 28 7 April 1973 F

AS Roma SpA

15 3
10 Totti, Francesco, off 46th min. 25 29 September 1976 F AS Roma SpA 29 5
11 Doni, Cristiano, off 75th min. 28 1 April 1973 LM Atalanta BC SpA 3 1
Italy Substitutes
20
Montella, Vincenzo, on 46th min. for Totti 27 16 June 1974 F

AS Roma SpA

12 3
14 Iuliano, Mark, on 56th min. for Materazzi 28 8 December 1973 D Juventus FC 15 0
18 Albertini, Demetrio, on 56th min. for Zanetti 30 23 August 1971 M AC Milan SpA 79 2
19 Gattuso, Gennaro I., on 56th min. for Di Biagio 24 9 January 1978 M

AC Milan SpA

11 1
16 Coco, Francesco, on 75th min. for Panucci 25 8 January 1977 M FC Barcelona, Spain 12 0
17 Tommasi, Damiano, on 75th min. for Doni 27 17 May 1974 M AS Roma SpA 12 1
23 Maccarone, Massimo, on 75th min. for Delvicchio 22 6 September 1979 F Empoli FC SpA 1 0
15 Adani, Daniele, on 81st min. for Nesta 27 10 July 1974 D ACF Fiorentina SpA 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Francesco Toldo, 13-Gianluca Pessotto, 21-Angelo Di Livio.

team notes:

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni played for Italy against England in May 1961.
 
4-4-1-1 Buffon -
Cannavaro, Nesta
(Adani), Materazzi (Iuliano), Panucci (Coco) -
Zambrotta, Di Biagio
(Gattuso), Zanetti (Albertini), Doni (Tommasi) -
Totti
(Montella) -
Delvecchio
(Maccarone).

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

Source Notes

England's World Cup preparations suffered a setback as Italy secured a last-gasp win at Elland Road.  Sven-Goran Eriksson's side looked on course for victory when substitute Robbie Fowler put England ahead after 62 minutes.  But Vincenzo Montella cut short the celebrations with an equaliser five minutes later - then stunned England by snatching victory from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game.

The low-key friendly looked destined for a draw deep into injury time until David James upended Massimo Maccarone as he chased Montella's pass.  Montella stroked home the spot-kick to give Italy the win - but Eriksson is only likely to be nursing damaged pride after a match high on experimentation but low on real significance.  It was literally an international of two halves as Eriksson used 11 substitutes to assess all his options as the countdown to Korea and Japan continues.  Eriksson will not have learned any serious lessons from this under-stated encounter against a typically resilient Italian side.  The big plus was the performance of Southampton's Wayne Bridge as he once again pressed his claims for a left flank slot.

England's first-half performance reflected the makeshift nature of Eriksson's line-up - disjointed and lacking in cohesion.

Their best moment in the opening period came when David Beckham's free-kick caused mass confusion in the Italy box.  Michael Owen's miskick fell kindly for Sol Campbell, who saw a close range effort turned over the bar by Gianluigi Buffon.  Italy were no more impressive, but forced England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn into action as half-time approached.  Gianluca Zambrotta's powerful effort was blocked by Martyn, who then turned Luigi Di Biagio's free-kick to safety.

The inevitable avalanche of England substitutions materialised at half-time, with only Bridge and Trevor Sinclair remaining from the starting team.  Spurs defender Ledley King was awarded his first cap, and he almost marked it in spectacular style after 58 minutes with an effort from 18 yards that was well saved by Buffon.  The half-time changes meant the unlikely figure of Fowler was England's captain for the second half.  And he celebrated by putting England ahead after 62 minutes after a mixture of hard work by Joe Cole and sloppy defending by Alessandro Nesta.  Cole caught Nesta in possession, and Fowler was poaching in typical predatory fashion to stab past Buffon from 12 yards.

But Italy's response was instant and brilliant as they drew level within five minutes.

Montella robbed Cole in the danger area and sent a stunning drive past subsitute keeper James from 20 yards.  And Montella almost added a second after 72 minutes as he narrowly failed to latch on to Demetrio Albertini's cross.  Montella was a constant threat, and he posted the warning signals with seconds left when his header was brilliantly saved by James.  But he was not to be denied and sealed Italy's win with that dramatic penalty.

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